Did you know that Detroit producer Apollo Brown and West Coast rapper Ras Kass are releasing an album together? No? Well they are, and it’s called Blasphemy. To make sure everyone is fully aware of its existence, the duo just dropped lead single “H20” and it’s a dusty, gritty, and looking-back piece of boom-bap.
Brown’s beat is fueled by a pitch-shifted, constantly flipping sample of “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand, a name I never thought would grace the pages of Potholes. But hey, shout out to Apollo for using the sample so well. The bars are just as impressive, as Kass is joined by guests Rakaa Iriscience (he’s on the hook) and Pharoahe Monch (he absolutely slays his verse). Monch complements Kass’ nostalgic bars quite well, too, as he spits about his childhood studies amid thoughts of paranoia and references to the missing Malaysian flight.
You can hear “H20” below and you can pre-order Blasphemy on Amazon. It drops Oct. 28 on Mello Music Group.